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    Default Giant zoom binoculars



    Has anyone used a zoom binos like 15-45x80 or similar? Are the Celestron, Omegon, Orion models good in general for use on a tripod?

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    Default Re: Giant zoom binoculars

    The zoom binoculars are usually to course in adjustment to get the fine focus needed for observing Astro objects.
    They work well on terrestrial objects though.
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    Default Re: Giant zoom binoculars

    I agree with Gabby. I don't recommend zoom binoculars.

    As Gabby says, they may be fine for terrestrial, daytime use, but not in all applications. They are not good for birdwatching, in which fine focus is equally important as it is in astronomical use.

    Anytime you go above 10x in binoculars, you will want a monopod, tripod, or parallellogram mount for steady views. Even 10x can be hard to hold steady for more than a few seconds.
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    Default Re: Giant zoom binoculars

    I have 10x50 but i am interested to get also a bigger for use on a tripod, they don't need to be superb, celestron 25x70 or 20x80 orion etc. Is enough, which of those are good if someone is using them?

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    Default Re: Giant zoom binoculars

    Quote Originally Posted by jura87 View Post
    I have 10x50 but i am interested to get also a bigger for use on a tripod, they don't need to be superb, celestron 25x70 or 20x80 orion etc. Is enough, which of those are good if someone is using them?
    I have the Orion megaview 20 x 80 and think they are a solid value for the price. The optics are good. The best view I ever had of the Andromeda galaxy was through these binoculars. Using them on a tripod is fine as long as you don't want to view at or near the zenith. Parallelogram mounts are better for this, but they are heavy and cumbersome. People have created all kinds of creative ways to use big binoculars.
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    Default Re: Giant zoom binoculars

    Ok thanks there are celestron and bresser in lical stores so maybe i will go and try one of these

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    Default Re: Giant zoom binoculars

    Quote Originally Posted by jura87 View Post
    Ok thanks there are celestron and bresser in lical stores so maybe i will go and try one of these
    Good luck finding something you like. Let us know what you end up getting.
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    Default Re: Giant zoom binoculars

    I tried a pair of the high magnification binoculars and I just could never really get used to them. I wanted to but just never seemed to find a way to make them comfortable. My suggestion for anyone considering high magnification binocs is to try some first. Not just a quick look in a store but go find a club or individual that owns some and ask to use them for a few minutes. That way you make sure you are happy with them before buying.

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